Having posted yesterday about why I like New Year, I feel I should mention that this time of year, including and perhaps especially Christmas, can be far from positive for many people.

The pressure to be cheerful and jolly, the economic strain of presents, decorations and catering, and the number of people that can descend on your home can make the festive season very stressful. This can repeat a week later for New Year. Lots of parties and drinking and, again, an almost enforced merriment.

Sometimes personal circumstances, or news from around the world, can make this a very difficult and trying time of year. Where trauma, of any kind, has been experienced, it can often be remembered at certain times of the year, especially when people are gathering together with high expectations. Others, unfortunately, may find themselves alone.

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